The first Ai Yori Aoshi was a cute, sometimes romantic often contrived little show about a young man meeting his arranged wife and seeing each other as much as they can under hard circumstances. A follow up series you would hope would keep the cute episodes and romance and make it even better. Not this show.
Having been a fan of the first show, watching it with a friend of mine I saw that this was being released and was excited. My favorite thing about the first show was the romance when they could make it happen and having wrapped up most of the issues in the first show as to why Kaoru and Aoi couldn't see each other, you would hope there would be more romance and relationship issues. There AREN'T. The show is still sticking with the premise that Aoi is the manager of the house Kaoru is staying in with THE SAME girls from the previous season. The gang still has the same fun adventures but NOTHING is advanced.
All the same characters from the first show are back. Man Kaoru, Woman Aoi, all the tenants from obnoxious American Tina, shy Taeko, and the others. Whats more....Chika Chan the plucky island girl from the first season who was introduced at the end of the season gets A LOT of screen time and some episodes are devoted to her FRIENDS?! Why do I give 3 squirts about Chika let alone her FIRENDS?! I care about Aoi and Kaoru and seeing them try to start a life together in this show, not all the tenants and THEY'RE FRIENDS!
I honestly don't remember anything from this show other then a Christmas episode from one of the DVDs. It was cute but ultimately pointless, but Aoi's parting words made me cry a little.
The voice acting is fine and I didn't really notice anything bad other then Wendee Lee doing Tina's voice. Maybe it's cause I just don't like Tina, but all the principal characters are back.
Emotionally, let me say this. I am not a big romantic film or show buff short of the occasional romantic comedy. The first season of this show really made me care about the characters of Aoi and Kaoru. Seeing them interact and talk and that Aoi was in love with Kaoru to the point she would leave her vast and rich life behind to live with Kaoru until fate intervenes and brings them back to Aoi's house under a watchful eye. You REALLY want to see them get together. After a few false starts and teases in the first show, the season wrapped up with a lot of problems resolved but this seasons goes no further. Didn't the creators know that I want to invest in the two main characters and not the supplemental ones?
HERE is the real kicker. How does this show end? SPOILER Is it Aoi losing her money and having her and Kaoru moving back into his tiny apartment? Does Kaoru get killed saving Aoi's life? How about the two live happily ever after? None of those: TINA might move back to America!?!?! WHO CARES!?!?!? Yes I get it, Tina is a friend and she wants to stay in Japan....but TINA isn't the focus of the show!
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